MDN Web Docs, formerly known as the Mozilla Developer Network, is one of the best sources of documentation for web development. It’s a fantastic resource for learning everything from new CSS properties to the latest APIs for Chrome extensions, and now the site has a whole new look. MDN is also teasing a possible paid subscription option.
Mozilla wrote in a blog post: “In mid-2021, we began thinking about modernizing the design of MDN, to create a clean, inviting website that makes navigating our 44,000 articles as easy as possible. We wanted to create a more holistic experience for our users, with a focus on better navigability and a universal look across all of our pages.
The updated website has more consistent colors and themes, layout improvements, and a handy dark toggle to switch between light and dark layouts. Just like many other modern websites, the page navigation remains accessible when you scroll down a long page, so it’s easier to know where you are. The MDN team has also updated the site’s browser compatibility charts with clearer information and icons.
There’s also a new logo (seen at the top of this article), which was one of eight options in a community voting round. It’s an “M” monogram, with an underscore at the end to indicate that it’s a coding help website. Honestly, I wish the old Mozilla dinosaur logo would come back, but maybe that’s just me.
Finally, because software developers and documentation experts also need to eat, the redesign announcement also mentioned a “MDN Plus” that may be coming soon. The team wrote, “In the coming months, we will be expanding MDN to include a premium subscription service based on feedback we’ve received from web developers who want to personalize their MDN experience. Offline support and push notifications were two features mentioned as frequently suggested features that could be part of MDN Plus, but nothing is set in stone (publicly) yet.